Turns out, people still love balloons!
Balloon Fiesta in a nutshell ( of time )
New shapes for the 2015 fiesta.
Balloon Dolla$$$ ( and selfies )
Although the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Board made a bid to bring them here, next year's World Hot Air Ballooning Championships will be held in Saga, Japan.
The Albuquerque Development Commission approved renovation plans for the El Vado Motel.
The Vulcans are here.
A man allegedly threatened others with an AK-47 at the Rio Rancho Wal-Mart. He was arrested.
Apparently two local firefighters fought.
A UNM official apologized for some of the "sensational and controversial" topics on offer at this year's Celebrate Sex event.
An accused Alison Krauss impersonator was arrested at an Albuquerque motel.
Director Adam Wingard talks to the Mountain View Telegraph about filming in Moriarty and Estancia, N.M.
This guy may sue Circle K for allegedly making him pee in a bucket.
Filesharing site Pirate Bay says it has moved operations to friendlier-
Another excellent Dangerous Minds rant about Facebook's "broken on purpose" EdgeRank scheme.
The White House thinks you should be able to unlock your phone or tablet and wants the current law changed.
A town that wanted to put up a statue of Len Bias finds out that most people think of the dead basketball star as a crackhead, not an athlete. Whatever you may think, he was a pivotal figure in the War on Drugs.
These guys have a suitable dead woman that would make a great wife for your dead single brother.
Harrison Ford is going to be in Anchorman 2.
I like making mixes. It started with a Christmas music obsession and snowballed from there. I'm not a DJ, but I get obsessed with themes. I readily admit my thematic mixes are indulgent and perhaps even a tad autistic, but I know—or maybe hope?—that at least one other person digs each obsessive attempt at theme-casting.
Last year, I made a balloon-centric podcast to celebrate the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. When you start searching for balloon-themed tunes, you find yourself running into a lot of children's music and a couple of songs smack you in the face over and over again. Jimmy Webb's “Up, Up and Away,” as performed by The Fifth Dimension, is the classic balloon song. German pop-rock quintet Nena's protest song “99 Luftballoons” and its English-language version, “99 Red Balloons,” are catchy, imaginative and overplayed.
My Balloon Fiesta mix showcases 12 lesser-known songs from bands like Twin Shadow, The Kills, Spell, Ween, Beastie Boys and Matmos and a sprinkling of stand-up comedy, vintage educational radio and spoken word. Stream it above or visit my blog for the full track list. Happy ballooning! (Depending on where you work, the opening Mitch Hedberg excerpt may qualify as NSFW.)
If you love balloons, this might make you mad. France surpassed one of Albuquerque's ballooning records.
Thirteenth arrest made in News of the World scandal—an L.A.-based celebrity journalist.
David Letterman receives death threat from online jihadist.
New policy might mean fewer deportations of illegal immigrants who pose no threat and don't commit crimes.
Suicide attack kills eight at British council in Kabul.
New people's movement in India, led by Gandhi-esque social activist, meant to stop corruption.
xkcd illustrates the best workout.
New study supports the idea that not getting enough sleep can really mess you up.
A comedy about dealing with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Plus, he needs your story contributions for a cool project.
With 15 more civilian casualties, the UN says Syrian government may be guilty of crimes against humanity.
Last night I attended a release party for a new book about the history of our beloved balloon fiesta, The World Comes to Albuquerque. The soiree was at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum and it was a pretty swanky affair, with a jazz band and lots of cheese plates. I like to stand by those.
The nice folks at the Balloon Museum gave me a free copy of the book. It’s full of dozens of pictures, plus essays from balloonists and a tad about the history of ballooning. I’ll probably review that later, once I have time to read it.
For now, I will review the Balloon Museum itself: beautiful. Nice, futury layout, cool exhibits and great views. The space is little, for a museum, but worth checking out if you haven’t been. I’m definitely going back sometime when there isn’t a social engagement diverting me.
Apartment fire kills a baby.
Albuquerque balloonists missing in Italy.
For all his talk of government spending, Jon Barela's company sure does like those film tax rebates.
A distant, Earth-like planet that may have life.
Canada's throwing out its anti-prostitution laws.
Drivers text anyway.
Tony Curtis died.
Lobo Club won't spend donations to buyout (fire) Locksley.
Chad Ochocinco cereal box accidentally advertises a sex-talk phone number.
Obama likes Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity.
AIG says it's totally going to pay us back.
The men of Color Me Badd tell their story.
It's OK to vote against stuff.
Does gargling salt water help anything?